I've been planning to write an article about David Barton, but I'm enjoying what others are coming out with and want to share some of it with you now:
We have staked the whole future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments. – Falsely attributed to James Madison
The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: It connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity. - Falsely attributed to John Quincy Adams
It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible - Falsely attributed to George Washington
I have always said and always will say that the studious perusal of the Sacred Volume will make us better citizens. - Falsely attributed to Thomas Jefferson
It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. - Falsely attributed to Patrick Henry
via "David Barton's Historical Hallucinations," by digby | Hullabaloo
Look, I'm a Christian, and I have to tell you that anyone who has truly studied the history of the US in any detail or depth definitely knows that the US was not, I repeat, was not founded as a Christian nation.
There were plenty of people in the US professing Christianity, but the government of the US was not and is not Christian and was never intended to be.
The top "Founding Fathers" were for the most part Freemasons, which is anti-Christian in that it runs directly opposed to Jesus's admonition concerning Jesus being the one and only path to God the Father. Freemasons accept as their "brothers" those who are decidedly not Christians and say so openly. Christians never leave room for that in terms of "brotherhood" on that level — brothers in the flesh, yes, but not brothers in the spirit, which is what Freemasonry is alleging.
Thomas Jefferson was an atheist as far as I can tell. I had once thought he was merely a Deist, but now I believe he didn't believe in anything metaphysical, although I'm open to being disabused of that. I do realize he wrote things that taken alone would suggest he believed in God.
Certainly Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine were Deists. George Washington was in my view the highest ranking Freemason who ever lived. He was considered, and still is, the Father of Our Country (or Nation). Many, many others were Freemasons and Deists, not Christians — professing or otherwise.
The whole governmental structure of the US is anti-Christian. The Enlightenment Era was anti-Christian, and the founders were men of the Enlightenment. The government is decidedly secular. The "separation of church and state" may have been called a wall by Jefferson, but the Constitution certainly makes clear that Christianity is not, repeat, is not the established religion of the US — the US has no established religion.
Many Baptists and others by the way celebrate that separation, as they believe that without it, the state would come to persecute them.
I believe that Christianity is the right way or path. It includes, by definition, that it is not coerced but rather given and accepted by God and the believer respectively. The David Bartons of the world, however, think they have been given the right from God and Jesus to force people. They are completely wrong and do not know how to read the Gospels. They are as wrong as the John Hagee types who falsely believe that Jesus is a Political Zionist. The idea is preposterous.
Here are some names and terms that I ran into here (Barton's Deepening Dominionism | Right Wing Watch, People For the American Way [not a blanket endorsement]): Jim Garlow, Ed Silvoso, Dutch Sheets, Hope Taylor, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee; Seven Mountains Dominionist/New Apostolic Reformation movement; The Federation of Ministers and Churches International; International Leadership Embassy.
These people are exactly the people I've written against for years and years. They have the entire concept of Christianity totally wrong. They are capitalists while real Christians are communists (not Marxist though). Jesus was and is a communist, not a capitalist. The capitalists love to take parables out of the full context of all of Jesus's sayings and doings in a foolish attempt to support the unsupportable notion that Jesus preached capitalism. I've had some of them try to argue for that on this blog. They never return after I show them the actual context that makes a mockery of their ignorant position.
Now, that "Right Wing Watch" article mentions "imprecatory prayers." I have to tell you that such prayers run diametrically opposed to Jesus's teaching to his closest disciples not to, again, not to call down the wrath. Those who call down the wrath, which is what an imprecatory prayer does, are praying to Satan for wrath and not to the spirit of whom God is.
And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village. (Luke 9:54-56)
...not come to destroy men's lives, but to save. However, the "right-wingers" pray for the destruction of men's lives. I tell you they are of the spirit of Satan, plainly and clearly. Are you listening to me, Mike Huckabee? Repent!
Those self-styled Christians are Old Testament. They do not understand the New Commandment and the fulfillment/enhancement of the law. Moses did not know what Jesus knew and knows. Pay attention to why it's a New Covenant. The so-called conservative-Republican Christians may as well have never heard of Jesus for all the things they do and promote.
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And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)